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I filled up 10 bags of goodies yesterday, so far only one person has come to claim her two. Another three are supposed to show up today. One is 40 minutes late, the other should be here in 20 minutes, and the third should be here in about 1.5 hours. I never heard from a man who was supposed to come last evening. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll"> A few people have said they were coming then emailed way after when they were supposed to arrive to say they would be here later. These are the very same people who post weekly in search of the very items I am trying to give them!<br><br>
Is the "free" section on craigslist any better? I suppose I could just do a curb alert and put things in the alley behind my house.....I'm worried I'd come home to things strewn all over if people root through the bags and pick and choose what they want rather than taking the whole bag and passing what they don't need on to others.
 

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I have something on my front porch that was supposed to be gone a week ago UGH. The first person didn't show, so I passed it on to the second person. Then she didn't show. So I'm thinking about just taking it to Goodwill now, but I really hate donating there since they really overprice things.<br>
Maybe I'll give freecycle another shot but post a warning like the pp mentioned- it's a good item (Ikea organizer thing) and I got a ton of e-mails about it, so why is it so freakin' hard to get someone to actually SHOW UP??
 

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I leave things on my front porch and don't hang around waiting for a person to show up at a specific time. I'm not always even home when they come.
 

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Ahh yes. The Freecycle idiots. During a particular period, I heard ALL the excuses...including the email saying "I'm going out to get milk, will stop by now" only to get one the next day saying "I forgot."<br><br>
It got to the point for me where I'd end every post with "Please do not bother to email me if you are going to be a flake."<br><br>
My husband would just put "come and get it" and leave it on our porch...worked every time.
 

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Well everybody finally showed. Whew. I have way more stuff to sort through but I have a busy week coming up so it will have to wait. It feels really good to empty out my house AND help people.<br><br>
This weekend I totally organized and decluttered:<br>
-the linen closet<br>
-master bathroom<br>
-hallway bathroom<br>
-pantry closet (except for one shelf that I couldn't reach)<br>
-cabinet under the kitchen sink<br>
-hanging baskets that had collected months of mail, random screws and<br>
other strange things<br><br>
I also hung up some artwork that has been sitting on my bedroom floor for the past 1.5 years. It actually looks like someone lives here now. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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Yes. I gave up on freecycle mostly. I also got a little skeeved by some of the folks coming by and seeming to check out what else we had to offer. It seems like the community changed around here and I'm not loving the new attitude I'm seeing.<br><br>
There is a food pantry in our community that puts out free tables and families/people can choose and take what they like. This is the new home for my items.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I have something on my front porch that was supposed to be gone a week ago UGH. The first person didn't show, so I passed it on to the second person. Then she didn't show. So I'm thinking about just taking it to Goodwill now, but I really hate donating there since they really overprice things.</div>
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I hate it when Goodwill do that too (our locals are good about pricing but I know some aren't) but for me my first priority would be getting rid of stuff.<br><br>
I'd set a deadline for Freecycle and then just donate.<br><br>
I don't like the idea of bags at the curb. I think it's great for big stuff but I could see people rooting through bags and leaving a mess.
 

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That bugs me, too, but the good experiences outweigh the bad for me. I recently freecycled some cloth diapers to a momma with 7 kids. She said my post was an answer to a prayer and sent me an e-mail thank you note that was really nice. A few days ago we freecycled a soft car-top luggage carrier. We just left it on the porch with a note on it since we weren't going to be home. We came home to find the note taped to a nice bag that was crocheted from plastic shopping bags. The note said, "Something recycled in return to say thanks!" I e-mailed her to tell her how cool I thought it was and she replied that she hopes to make them in return for everyone she gets stuff from on freecycle.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">So I'm thinking about just taking it to Goodwill now, but I really hate donating there since they really overprice things.</div>
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So donate to a thrift store that's charity is to provide low cost items like the Salvation Army. Goodwill's charity is the job training and salaries for the people working there.
 

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I've given up on craigslist's free section and Freecycle lately, too. They're all no-shows and it drives me nuts! The worst is the no-show with no "Hey, sorry, couldn't make it" or any notice at all. I've just been taking stuff to the thrift store, too.
 

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I agree with you re: high prices (although I've still found some steals!) but I think Goodwill's mission is not merely to provide low-cost items through its stores but to use the money raised at its stores to fund its other programs. So, the relatively high prices don't stop me from donating... especially because a lot of the other thrift stores in our area (we live in the same town, Ollie!) do not always accept donations, and sometimes the stuff just has to go NOW! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">So donate to a thrift store that's charity is to provide low cost items like the Salvation Army. Goodwill's charity is the job training and salaries for the people working there.</div>
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I'm not aware of any Salvation Army locations around here, but there is a thrift shop about 10 mins away, right around the corner from my mom. I should start bringing bags with me when I visit my her.<br>
I know Goodwill provides jobs and I think that's great, but to see Dollar Tree items marked for $4 is a bit much-- and then what ends up happening is that much of it ends up getting passed over and then thrown out(or it looks like they are- I should ask next time I'm there..). I've been there when they were throwing ceramic items into boxes because they had been sitting there too long.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">(we live in the same town, Ollie!) do not always accept donations, and sometimes the stuff just has to go NOW! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"></div>
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Hi, neighbor! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wave.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wave">
 

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Hiya!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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There's one on Bank Street in downtown NL. Parking can be a pain, especially if you've got a lot of items and a passel of kids.
 

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Hmmm...I've never had a no-show. In all my posts, I ask for the responder to include their phone number, and I indicate, in my post, what day I would prefer pick-up. If I don't get a phone #, I delete the email (for some reason I think it feels like more of a personal connection/obligation if you do it over phone vs. email). If I get a machine/voicemail, I hang up. I ONLY schedule times with a person I can reach on the phone. I don't play phone tag.<br><br>
I schedule a very specific time to pick-up and am clear that I will not hold it for later. Sometimes, I tell the person to call me when they're on the way to confirm, and then I will put it out.<br><br>
Maybe it's just where I live, which is a huge urban area, so there's a lot of competition for the free stuff! Everything moves fast!
 
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